Baylor drops Lady Bears nickname
9/4/2021 2:25:02 PM EST
The Baylor women's basketball team is dropping the Lady Bears nickname, instead choosing just to be called Bears.
The program was the final women's team at the school in Waco, Texas, to still use "Lady" as part of its name.
"Baylor women's basketball has solidified itself as one of Baylor's most remarkable and celebrated programs," the school said in a statement to ESPN. "While the use of Lady Bears is still very much a part of the program's decorated history, in an effort to be more consistent with the current nomenclature of the other 18 Baylor sport programs, the team will now be referred to as simply the Bears.
"This evolution is unique in that it creates consistency among Baylor teams while also highlighting the individual sport and contributions of its athletes and coaches."
Most colleges have abandoned nicknames that referred to their teams as "Lady," but in the Big 12, Texas Tech's basketball team has kept the Lady Raiders moniker.
The Bears were defeated 69-67 by UConn in the Elite Eight of the 2021 NCAA Women's Tournament, the final game under Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey, who now is coaching at LSU. They are set to open the 2021-22 season in Waco on Nov. 9 against Texas State, marking the regular-season debut of new coach Nicki Collen.
--Field Level Media
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